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Long Branch Lake

Long Branch Lake, created in 1979 when the US Army Corps of Engineers built a 3,800 foot dam on the Little Chariton River in the prairies of northeastern Missouri provides 2,429 acres of recreational waters surrounded by a 24-mile shoreline shaped by lots of inlets and coves for excellent fishing and boating excursions.

Long Branch State Park offers three recreational areas maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks: Between the Bloomington Area, Bee Trace Area and the Macon Area, a swimming beach, boat ramps, biking & hiking trails, campsites and more are available.


A partially covered fishing dock is accessible near the beach and the easily-accessible shoreline is conducive for reeling in excellent catches from shore.

Long Branch Lake provides excellent fishing opportunities for bass, catfish, crappie and walleye. Bass caught on Long Branch Lake must be at least 15 inches long, and the walleye must be at least 18 inches long.


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    Long Branch Lake Missouri Coordinates:
39.7665N -92.5124W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
2,430 acres
Maximum Depth:
40 ft
791 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
6-10 ft
Major City:
Kansas City
Kansas City


Long Branch Lake welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes allowing for all kinds of opportunities for water sports' lovers. In addition to fishing, popular water activities include wake boarding, water skiing, tubing, para-sailing and swimming.

One marina located in the Long Branch State Park's Bloomington Recreational Area provides services and supplies to anglers and boaters.

The sandy beach and campgrounds are also found in the Bloomington Area. There is no lifeguard on duty at the beach.


Long Branch Lake lodging options include a campground in the Bloomington Recreation Area. More than 80 improved campsites now include picnic tables and fire rings. The campground provides a shower house and dump station during the camping season.

The Lake Resource Guide offers additional information on lodging and other facilities in the area.


The closest major city to Long Branch Lake is Kansas City, which is 151 miles away. Other nearby cities and towns: Columbia, Macon, La Plata, Marshall, Moberly, and Kirksville. Long Branch Lake flows through parts of Macon county.

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